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Openings to experiment with #2

Nov 6, 2009, 3:31 PM 3

In club play I've recently come across the Tartakower variation of the Sicilian defense. This is a gambit which often arises from the move order of the "Smith-morra gambit", which is slightly different theoretically, although in most cases they reach the same positions very early. Initially I had a slight disdain for this opening (I'm one of those people who thinks almost all gambits are unsound and only useful if the opponent is unprepared), but after a few losses to it I began to give this opening a closer look. 

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